Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach professed no interest in the NFL draft a couple of days before the proceedings. Instead, he claimed he would be riding his bike, watching movies and doing anything besides following how his players fared.
Interestingly, Leach had a couple of comments about the draft during the activities.
First, Leach blamed Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini for causing Michael Crabtree's draft stock to fall after reports that Crabtree had acted like a diva during his pre-draft visit with the Browns.
Crabtree went 10th in the first round after some early projections had him going as high as fourth or fifth. Oakland opted to draft Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey instead of Crabtree with the seventh pick in the draft.
Leach told the Sacramento Bee that Mangini might not find himself too welcome on future trips to Tech's campus.
"Michael Crabtree has been more successful as a receiver than that guy as a coach at this point," Leach said of Mangini. "Part of the reason is he's (Crabtree) too shy to be like that."
Leach said that he didn't consider Crabtree as a diva.
"My definition of a diva is someone who's loud and self-absorbed," Leach told the Bee. "Michael Crabtree is the furthest thing from loud that I've seen. ... Let's see how all those non-divas do up in Cleveland this year."
And Leach had a zinger for Texas A&M after Aggie quarterback Stephen McGee was drafted by Dallas during the fourth round. McGee told reporters he viewed himself as a "first-round player" who would have ended up picked in the first round if he had played in the right system.
Leach had an opinion on McGee's draftability, too.
"I'm happy for Stephen McGee," Leach told the Dallas Morning News. "The Dallas Cowboys like him more than his coaches at A&M did."